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2018 Disability Legislation​

This listing does not indicate support or non support of legislation by the department or administration.  This is a partial listing of bills and is not exhaustive of all possible disability related legislation proposed during session.   Click here for a full listing of legislative bills​.


Health

HB33 - Guardianship of Disabled Persons - Voluntary Admission to Mental Facility

  • For the purpose of authorizing a certain disabled person to apply for voluntary admission to a certain facility under certain circumstances;

SB0163 Public Health Community Health Workers Advisory Committee and Certification

  • Establishing the State Community Health Worker Advisory Committee; requiring the Advisory Committee to advise the Maryland Department of Health on certain matters relating to the certification and training of community health workers;

SB0211 Behavioral Health Programs - Medical Directors – Telehealth

  • Requiring that regulations adopted under certain provisions of law regulating behavioral health programs include provisions authorizing a medical director of a behavioral health program;

SB0169  Public Health - Prescription Drug and Medical Supply Access and Affordability Workgroup

  • Requiring the Secretary of Health to convene a workgroup to study the advisability of the State forming a generic drugs and medical supplies purchasing cooperative and establishing Maryland as an open formulary State;

HB0944 First Responders - Mandatory Autism Training

  • Requiring each first responder in the State to complete autism awareness training approved by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission;


SB1013 First Responders - Mandatory Autism Training

  • Requiring the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to develop an autism awareness training program for certain first responders; and requiring certain first responders to complete a certain autism awareness training program;

SB0937 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Home and Community Based Waiver Services - Prohibition on Denial

  • Prohibiting the Maryland Department of Health from denying an individual access to home and Community-based services waiver due to a lack of funding for waiver services if the individual is discharged from a certain health care facility directly to the individual's home and is eligible for certain funding within 45 days after the discharge;

SB0977 Behavioral Health Services and Voluntary Placement Agreements - Children and Young Adults - Reports

  • Requiring the Director of the Behavioral Health Administration to prepare a certain annual report on behavioral health services for children and young adults in the State;

SB1071 Task Force to Study Access to Home Health Care for Children and Adults with Medical Disabilities

  • Establishing the Task Force to Study Access to Home Health Care for Children and Adults with medical disabilities;

SB288 Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Supervised Drug Consumption Facility Program

  • Authorizing the establishment of an Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Supervised Drug Consumption Facility Program by a community-based organization to provide a place for the consumption of preobtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid as needed, and provide certain other services;


ADA/Accessibility

HB 60 Vehicle Laws – Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device – Definition

  • For the purpose of altering the definition of “electric personal assistive mobility device” to require that the device have a certain steering mechanism and a certain platform on which the rider stands...

HB0152 Secure and Accessible Registration Act

  • Redesignating electronic voter registration agencies as automatic voter registration agencies;      

SB0939 Community-Based Services Waivers and State Disabilities Plan (Maryland Disabilities Act)

  • Requiring that a certain home and community-based services waiver include a requirement that at least half the waiver participants live in community-based housing immediately before receiving waiver services;

HB479 Juvenile Law - Lead Testing and Behavioral Health Assessment

  • Requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to order a child to undergo blood lead level testing if the child's parent or guardian consents; requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to direct the Department of Juvenile Services or another qualified agency to make a certain study concerning the child;

  • Establishing a certain pilot program to expand the use of medication adherence technology to increase prescription drug adherence of Maryland Medical Assistance Program recipients who are diagnosed as having a severe and persistent mental illness; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to administer the program;


Transportation 

SB14 Motor Vehicle Administration – Parking Placards – Color Photograph

  • Requiring that a parking placard issued to a person with a disability include on its face a certain color photograph of the person to whom the parking placard is issued

SB39 Motor Vehicle Administration – Disability Parking Placards, Judicial Chair

  • A disability parking placard issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration to a permanently disabled individual is valid until the death of the placard holder


Education

HB0185 Prince George's County Board of Education Students With a Disability in Prince George's County Public Schools, Prince George's County Delegation

  • Requiring the Prince George's County Board of Education to gather certain information about students with a disability in each public school in Prince George's County; requiring the county board to study certain matters regarding students with a disability in Prince George's County public schools;

HB0216 Student Hearing and Vision Screenings - Reporting Requirements,  Prince George's County Delegation

  • Requiring the Prince George's County Board of Education to report to the Maryland Department of Health the number of students who did not receive the recommended services after failing a hearing or vision screening and the reason why; 

HB479 - Juvenile Law - Lead Testing and Behavioral Health Assessment

  • Requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to order a child to undergo blood lead level testing if the child's parent or guardian consents;

HB366 - PARCC Testing - Children with Disabilities (Ben's Rule)

  • Authorizing a parent or guardian of a child with a disability who is nonverbal to refuse to allow the child to participate in a Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment or it's equivalent in a public school;

  • Repealing provisions of law that prohibit a license holder or an employee from knowingly selling or providing an alcoholic beverage to an individual with an intellectual disability


Emergency Preparedness

SB285 Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland - Establishment

  • Establishing the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland to study emerging communications technologies and develop a strategy for implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 services across the State; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Commission;